Dr. Zaki Aslan is conservation architect and Director of the ICCROM’s Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah (ICCROM-Sharjah).
He provided technical advice to the ICCROM’s Member States on issues related including heritage conservation, management and national planning/ policies and worked as consultant to UNESCO, EU, and ICCROM on projects in heritage conservation and management in the Arab countries.
He worked as project manager in the mid-nineties, when he was engaged in the US-funded Cultural Resource Management Program in Jordan (CRM), and worked on the ‘Documentation and Conservation of Stone Monuments’ in the World Heritage Site of Petra (after studying at the Bavarian State Conservation Office in Germany in 1994).
He is also honorary senior lecturer at University College London, and served as adjunct professor at the American University of Sharjah in Heritage Conservation, and Islamic Art and Architecture. He is member of the editorial board of the ‘Journal of Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites’, U.K., and Vice President of ICOMOS-UAE.
LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/zakiaslan/
Preservation During Conflict: Seizing the moment to protect the Middle-East's cultural heritage – YouTube video
Selected Readings from ICCROM-ATHAR: Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab Region http://athar-centre.org/?page_id=1726
Steve Emery GIFireE is Fire Officer at Oxford University.
He has been involved with heritage buildings since 1989 when he became the fire officer for Bath in the last 12 years of his 30 year career with Avon Fire Brigade. He was seconded to English Heritage in 2001 as their National Fire Adviser and was privileged to take part in the 4 year European fire research programme COST C17, looking at fire safety in heritage buildings. Following 15 years with English Heritage and Historic England, Steve started his third career as the fire officer for Oxford University, drawn to the job because 40% of their buildings are listed as being of national and international importance.
He takes a keen interest in finding ways of protecting heritage buildings from fire, whilst avoiding damage to the things that make them important.
He chairs the Institution of Fire Engineers Special Interest Group for Heritage Buildings and created the very successful 3-day residential salvage course at West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service. He also lectures on heritage courses at Bath University, Birmingham University and the Weald and Downland museum.
Salvage course at West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/training-skills/heritage-practice-residential/emergency-planning-salvage/
Institution of Fire Engineers https://www.ife.org.uk/
Liz Davidson IHBC, FRIAS, OBE is Senior Project Manager at Glasgow School of Art in charge of the Mackintosh Reconstruction project.
Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art as a post graduate in Architectural Conservation, Liz has been involved in most aspects of Scotland’s built heritage.
Currently she heads up a team concerned with the response to the devastating fire in June 2018 at the Mackintosh Building at Glasgow School of Art; this is post that she took on after the first fire in 2014 and was very near close to completing when the second tragedy struck.
Previous to that Liz was head of Heritage and Design at Glasgow City Council with an active statutory role in maintaining the highest standards of historic building repair and maintenance in conjunction with encouraging the best and most inspirational designs in contemporary incursions and new development.
This post built on her role as Project Director of the Heritage Lottery funded Townscape Heritage programme to regenerate the Merchant City through an extensive arts led programme of building repair, repaving and lighting of main streets, proactive cultural and creative business strategy, public art commissions, street markets, and the now annual Merchant City festival. Earlier posts included that of director of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. Whilst at the Trust, Liz also pioneered ‘Doors Open Day’ which introduced the UK’s first free mass architectural participation event, providing access to significant modern and historic buildings and to interiors which had rarely before been glimpsed, even by their closest neighbours. A two-year secondment to Historic Scotland also saw the development and launch of the multi million pound Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) programme whereby urban areas from Whithorn to Wick devised programmes of restoration and transformation of some of Scotland’s finest historic burghs - leading to wider economic and social regeneration for communities throughout Scotland. Other roles have included stints at the Scottish Civic Trust and the former Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee.
She is currently a Committee member for Scotland on the Heritage Lottery Fund and has previously held positions on the former Historic Buildings Council for Scotland, the Architectural Heritage Fund and Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust. As former chair of the UK Association of Building Preservation Trusts Liz gained a deep insight into both those organisations which seek to raise funding and investment to maintain and restore the country’s best architectural inheritances and those organisations that wish to support these efforts through grants and loan finance.
In 2010 Liz received an OBE for services to conservation and the built heritage in Scotland.
The Glasgow School of Art http://www.gsa.ac.uk/
Mackintosh Building Restoration http://www.gsa.ac.uk/about-gsa/mackintosh-building-restoration/
Ed Morton B.Eng(Hons), C.Eng, FICE, IHBC is Engineer Accredited in Conservation and the managing director of The Morton Partnership, a firm of civil and structural engineers and historic building specialists, with over 30 employees, and renowned nationally and internationally for its conservation work.
He is an Engineer accredited in conservation through the CARE scheme run by the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers. He has been a member of the IHBC since its inception and previous the Association of Conservation Officers and sits on the technical sub-committee.
He is Engineer to Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster, Westminster Abbey, Ely, Durham and Southwark Cathedral’s and is currently also working on projects at Coventry and St Paul’s Cathedral. Ed works extensively for The National Trust at properties including Bodiam, Scotney and Sissinghurst Castles, Chartwell, Knole, Stowe Landscape Gardens to name a few. He has been the structural engineer on two English Heritage major projects, Danson House and Charles Darwin’s house at Downe.
Current or recent projects include a rolling programme of re-roofing Barry’s cast iron roofs at The Palace of Westminster; Lead Consultant for Iron Bridge for The English Heritage Trust since 2014; The Canterbury Journey; Auckland Castle; The City Hall in Georgetown, Guyana; Claverly Hall in Leeds; The Hessischer Hoff in Treffurt, Germany as well as numerous other domestic listed buildings and structures. New build projects include a recently completed timber bridge at Croome Park, a new build country house, a substantial brick folly.
He was a principal contributor for the newly revised English Heritage Practical Building Conservation Volume on Timber and lectures widely on Conservation Engineering.
Organisation: The Morton Partnership Ltd
LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/ed-morton-4a7b5846/
Gez Pegram, BSc (Hons) CEng FICE MIstructE, is a Director of Mason Clark Associates. We are a 50-strong practice of Civil and Structural Engineers, Project Managers and Building Surveyors with offices in Hull, York and Leeds. We are currently working with the National Trust, York Conservation Trust, the Church Commissioners, many Local Authorities as well as national conservation architects and numerous private clients. Our portfolio includes high grade conservation and refurbishment schemes across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, as well as more widely within the UK.
As a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Structural Engineer and an Engineer Accredited in Building Conservation, Gez has over twenty-seven years of experience on a diverse and challenging range of construction projects. These include new build civil and structural engineering schemes, and the heritage sector.
His passion, however, is for historic structures, conservation engineering and heritage projects. He is also an enthusiastic advocate for both traditional methods used in modern settings and innovative techniques used to conserve older buildings. These include monitoring, investigation, repair, strengthening and sensitive intervention to give a sustainable future to our heritage stock.
Key heritage projects led by Gez currently include the assessment and repairs to roof structures above the state rooms at Grade I Listed Wentworth Woodhouse, engineering input to the HLF funded works at Grade II* Hull Maritime Museum and Dockyards, and conservation repairs to Grade I Listed The Old Deanery, residence of the Bishop of London. He is also project lead for the HLF funded Remaking Beamish, which includes infrastructure work and structural design on 25 replica buildings from the 1820s and 1950s.
Gez was Project Engineer for the refurbishment of Grade I Listed Bishopthorpe Palace, including significant interventions to roof and floor structures, and repairs and extensions at Grade II* Listed Oswaldkirk Hall which required strengthening to heavily decayed truss bearings. Gez has provide advice and design services to the National Trust on many of their key sites in Yorkshire, including Nostell Priory, Beningbrough Hall and Nunnington Hall. He has worked on Hadrian’s Wall for English Heritage. With York Conservation Trust he has assisted with works to Fairfax House, the Theatre Royal and the Assembly Rooms.
Dr Ben Robinson is Historic England Principal Adviser for Heritage at Risk in the East Midlands.
He joined Historic England in 2009, from the outset working with heritage at risk as a Team Leader and Inspector of Ancient Monuments, and subsequently as Principal Adviser for Heritage at Risk in the East Midlands.
Ben’s previous work in the heritage sector has included management roles in contract archaeology, local authority planning advice, and museums, with a smattering of adult education and media work thrown in on the side. Ben works with Historic England colleagues, external partners, and owners to identify and find solutions for hundreds of buildings, monuments and places at risk across the region.
Historic England https://historicengland.org.uk/
Heritage at Risk https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/heritage-at-risk/
Heritage at Risk 20 years https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/heritage-at-risk/20-years/
Channel 4 https://www.channel4.com/programmes/britains-most-historic-towns/episode-guide/
Stopping the Rot: https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/stoppingtherot/
Stephen Armson-Smith is a retired Police Officer and Crime Scene Examiner who is now employed by Essex Police as a Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor, Heritage Crime Prevention Lead and Designing Out Crime Officer.
He played an active part in the formation of the Essex Heritage Crime Strategy Group and Heritage Watch in the county. Part of his role involves advising heritage properties, archaeological sites, museums and galleries on security issues as well as looking after his geographical area for general crime prevention and safe guarding matters.
He also sits on the National Police Chiefs Council Heritage Crime Working Group providing crime prevention advice.
General heritage crime prevent topics - https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/caring-for-heritage/heritage-crime/tackling/
Counter Terrorism Crowded Places Advice https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crowded-places-guidance
Security of Heritage Properties https://www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/188-security-of-heritage-properties-a-guide.aspx
On the day School, Friday 5 July, the local Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSA) in Nottingham will be available to take any further questions on the subject from the floor.
Dr Lyn Wilson (BSc, MA, PhD, FSA Scot) is Digital Documentation Manager at Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
She is a heritage scientist with over 20 years’ experience in digital documentation practice and conservation/archaeological science. She has a BSc in Archaeology, MA and PhD in Archaeological Science. As Digital Documentation Manager at Historic Environment Scotland, Lyn is responsible for 3D recording the properties and collections in the care of HES for conservation, asset management, interpretation, education and to improve accessibility. Based at HES’s new Engine Shed (www.engineshed.org), her role involves leading and enabling the sector in the strategic development and application of innovative and cutting-edge digital technologies for the benefit of cultural heritage. Lyn is a Specialist Assessor on digital documentation to the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, an Expert Member of the International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage (CIPA) and a Board Member of the ICOMOS-UK Scientific Committee on Digital Heritage Technologies. Her research interests focus on the intersection of heritage science and digital documentation in the historic environment, and the application of emerging technologies for conservation. She is a passionate advocate for the integration of science and technology within cultural heritage practice.
Scottish Ten Project: www.scottishten.org
Digital Documentation Short Guide: https://www.engineshed.scot/publications/publication/?publicationId=9b35b799-4221-46fa-80d6-a8a8009d802d
Focus Conservation magazine with article on recent digital work: https://www.engineshed.scot/publications/publication/?publicationId=23819108-a486-4a47-83cc-a8ac0105d796
Dr Charles Mynors FRTPI FRICS IHBC FICFor (Hon) is a Lawyer at Law Commission of England and Wales.
After obtaining degrees in architecture and town planning, Charles worked as a planner in local government for nine years, and also qualified as a chartered surveyor. He was then called to the Bar, and practised as a planning barrister for 26 years. During that time he appeared in court and at inquiries – particularly in relation to cases involving historic buildings and areas, trees, advertisements and village greens. Latterly he had a mainly advisory practice and sat as an inspector at inquiries.
He is the author of ‘Listed Buildings and Other Heritage Assets’ – the first edition of which appeared in 1989; the fifth edition, co-authored by Nigel Hewitson, in 2017. He wrote The Law of Trees, Forests and Hedges in 2002, for which he was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Cambridge (second edition 2011). The Control of Outdoor Advertising and Graffiti followed in 2009. He was also a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University for 23 years, lecturing on historic buildings law there and at the University of Bath.
He has long been involved in planning law reform, and in 2001 produced a report for the Society for Advanced Legal Studies entitled ‘The simplification of planning legislation’. In 2016 he was invited to join the Law Commission; and was the principal author of its Consultation Paper on Planning Law in Wales. He is now working on the Final Report, to be published in the Autumn of 2018. He will then be assisting the Welsh Government to produce a new suite of simplified planning legislation, hopefully to be enacted in 2020.
He is also a distinguished ecclesiastical lawyer. He was appointed as the Chancellor of the Diocese of Worcester in 1998 and is the author of Changing Churches: a practical guide to the faculty system (June 2016); a companion volume on churchyards will follow in due course.
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-charles-mynors-742a5322/?originalSubdomain=uk
Report for the Society for Advanced Legal Studies entitled ‘The simplification of planning legislation’
Nigel Hewitson is a nationally recognised planning solicitor with over 30 years' post-qualification experience of advising a range of clients on complex planning issues.
He is a Consultant at Gowling WLG, having previously been a partner and UK Head of Planning at international legal practice, Norton Rose Fulbright. Nigel has a particular interest in the law as it relates to the historic built environment and regularly speaks and writes on the subject including delivering annual lectures at Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University.
He was Legal Director at English Heritage for several years and is the co-author, with Dr Charles Mynors of "Listed Buildings and Other Heritage Assets" (5th Edition) published by Sweet and Maxwell.
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigelhewitson/
Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/NigelHewitsonN
James Innerdale is an accredited Architect specialising in the repair, conservation and adaptation of historic buildings in Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales.
He was awarded the SPAB Scholarship in 1996 and subsequently worked as the Society for the Protection of Ancient Building’s Northern Officer. Returning to architectural practice James continued to be involved with the SPAB as a corresponding member of the technical panel and voluntary caseworker.
From 2013 to 2017 he also worked part time as Technical Officer for the SPAB’s Maintenance Co-operatives Project developing and providing the training resources for volunteers working with Places of Worship and continues to deliver the SPAB's Faith in Maintenance training. Following the flooding in Cumbria in 2015 James continues to work with Cumbria Action for Sustainability providing practical advice and training on improving both the flood resilience and thermal efficiency of traditionally constructed properties.
In 2017 he worked with Historic England to develop and deliver the 'Unlocking Historic Buildings' pilot course as part of their existing HELM and Heritage Practice corporate training programme.
He also continues to work with clients on a range of both secular and ecclesiastical buildings.
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-innerdale-465b191b/
CPD link to SPAB 'disasters briefing' - https://www.spab.org.uk/advice/spab-briefings
Helen Brownlie is Conservation Officer for Allerdale Borough Council.
She graduated as a Planner from Newcastle University, and worked for Newcastle City Council in Implementation, Development Control and Policy roles before getting a job with working for the Grainger Town Regeneration Project which prompted her to undertake an Urban Conservation master’s degree.
Since then she moved to Cumbria and worked for Eden District Council, before joining Allerdale Borough Council.
She is expert on flood recovery in historic town centre and at the 2019 Annual School she will discuss a project that won a few national awards including a Civic Trust award, a Heritage Angels Award and a Green Apple Award.
Allerdale Borough Council – Flooding https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/emergencies-and-severe-weather/flooding/
Grainger Town Regeneration Project https://www.academyofurbanism.org.uk/grainger-town/
David Cattell, BA (Hons) Dip Arch (Hull). RIBA. AABC.
A Director at Rodney Melville & Partners, David has nearly 30 years continuous experience in the conservation and repair of historic buildings, as well as new design in such sensitive settings. Clients range from the National Trust and Local Authorities, through to private individuals and developers.
Following training at Plymouth and Hull Schools of Architecture, David joined Rodney Melville & Partners in 1989, qualifying as a Registered Architect in 1990. He was appointed an Associate of the Practice in 2000 and gained full AABC accreditation in 2008.
For the past fifteen years David has specialised in major projects, involving the management of multi-disciplinary teams and the coordination of specialist consultants and contractors; on behalf of clients who are both well versed in conservation, as well as those for whom it is a new venture. David expresses a particular interest in developing new uses and reordering existing arrangements within historic buildings, re-establishing social environments and helping to build viable futures for damaged or redundant structures.
Examples of major fire damaged buildings, amongst the number to which Rodney Melville & Partners have been appointed and on which David held the position of Project Architect include: Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire and Moreton Hall, Warwickshire.
David is a member of The Royal Institute of British Architects; The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. As a Director he has responsibility for the Practice’s QA accreditation under ISO 9001:2015 and Environmental accreditation under ISO 14001:2015 and is a past visiting lecturer at the Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham. David has also lectured on the Practice’s fire repair and disaster recovery projects to a number of external organisations and regularly leads presentations and site tours of live projects.
Organisation: Rodney Melville & Partners
Web site: www.rmpuk.com
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-cattell-77471a20/
Useful CPD Publications:
SPAB: Disaster and Recovery ‘Briefing’ (Section on ‘Fire’ by Andrew Brookes - ex Director Rodney Melville & Partners).
Restoration: The Rebuilding of Windsor Castle – Adam Nicholson. 1997
Justin Webber is Senior Building Conservation Officer at Leicester City Council and Chair of the RTPI Urban Design Network. He studied History at the University of York, Town Planning at the University of Sheffield and Urban Design at Westminster University. He has worked for a number of local authorities with roles in planning, urban design and building conservation. He has written papers for a range of publications, such as Context, Plan Canada, the Arboricultural Journal and the TCPA Journal, and currently coordinates the ‘City Series’ public talks in Leicester through the Leicester Urban Observatory. Work on the Watford Conservation Areas Management Plan and the Leicester Local Heritage Asset Register led to shortlisting at the national RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence and work on Locally Listed Buildings in Watford was included in Historic England’s guidance on the subject. He is on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Urban History in Leicester and has chaired the Organising Committee for this year’s Annual School in Nottingham.
Alice Ullathorne is Heritage Strategy Officer at Nottingham City Council helping to deliver the Nottingham Heritage Strategy alongside stakeholders and the public in Nottingham. One of the key aims of the strategy is to capitalise on heritage within the city through heritage-led regeneration including the Carrington Street Townscape Heritage scheme, Nottingham Heritage Action Zone and Heritage at Risk projects. Alice has nearly 20 years experience working in the public and third sector in the planning sector and delivering heritage projects.
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